Thoughts on the Cusp of 70

"Grace," by Jason Taellious, used under Creative Commons License via

So here I am on the cusp of my 7th decade on this planet. 70 years on this earth, with this body.

This body that has experienced assault from schoolmates, sports injuries and 3 major concussions. This body that has experienced sexual abuse from a man he trusted and idolized when he was 12 years old.

This body that has experienced abuse from my own hands; from the foods I ate (and still do occasionally) from what I drank (and still do occasionally), from the drugs I used (yes, used), from the sleep I’ve deprives this body from, from pushing it beyond what was reasonable, from neglect and sometimes resentment.

And this body that has been living in a wheelchair for the last 36 years. This body that suffers every day and seems to be more so as it ages.

So on the cusp of my 70th birthday, I turn to this body, to this life, and with my head bowed and tears in my eyes I say “thank you, thank you. Thank you for giving me this life, for surviving all that you have been through, for showing up every day so that I can live another day. Thank you to this body and brain and heart that enables me to care so deeply and love so easily.

I weep with gratitude at all of the good fortune I’ve experienced in these 7 decades for reasons I can never fathom.

I look back on my life and I whisper: “Grace”.


9 Comments on Thoughts on the Cusp of 70

  1. Happy Birthday, Dan. You are a survivor. Survivors do what they have to do in order to stay alive. Yes, grace is key. Thank you for sharing yours with all of us who are blessed to hear you, see you and know you through your words of wisdom. Much love is sent your way.

  2. Your message to me began to heal my heart. Quietly in the background I read and re-read the words you sent to me after the loss of my 3 year old niece. You are a unique, kind, and compassionate extension of God’s love. He works through you. With deep respect and gratitude. Always, KGK

  3. lynne Kalter // June 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm // Reply

    Thank God for you, Dan !

  4. What a gorgeous lens you have through which you see your world. It proves that perception is all.
    It’s awesome and inspiring and a wonderful reality check.
    Happy, happy birthday, sweet Dan.

  5. Sally Birmingham // June 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm // Reply

    For hearing you on the radio for the last 10 years since I moved here from Pittsburgh, and for hearing and reading you on my I-Pad, I also say thank you Dan, and grace.

  6. Nancy Corrigan Briggs // June 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm // Reply

    Happy Birthday Dan! You were my teacher at Hahnemann University in the 80’s/MFT program, and loved your class. I listen to your radio program and am grateful for your wisdom. From the serenity prayer, “Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Embrace the day.

  7. There is always something to be thankful for that we have lived another day. G-d knows you were meant to be around to help others for all these years and more. Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you next month at the 70th birthday bash.

  8. Amen. I wish you even more grace as you begin a new trip around the sun. Happy Birthday, my friend.

  9. Janis Glenn // June 10, 2016 at 8:30 am // Reply

    Dr Dan… You are a special light in this world!! We love you… May more Grace fill your life! Happy Birthday!!

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